Released on 12 May 2010 News
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is delighted to announce the opening of its tourist office at 62 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon this Saturday 15th May.
Since the closure of the Tourist Information Centre, operated by South Warwickshire Tourism, on 31 March staff at the District Council have been working hard to ensure that an alternative facility is available for visitors and tourists.
Several meetings have been held with key stakeholders and the operators of local attractions. In addition open meetings are being held so that former members of South Warwickshire Tourism and any businesses that have been affected are able to air their views and opinions, and a questionnaire will help identify any gaps in current service provision and priorities for the future.
Following a meeting of creditors on 28th April the Tourist Information Centre on Bridgefoot is being handed back to the Council and whilst refurbishment works are carried out, 62 Henley Street will provide a temporary facility. Operated as a partnership between the District Council and Stratford-upon-Avon College, the new facility will be identified as 'Welcome to Stratford-on-Avon' and will include sales of tickets to local venues and provide an important information facility for visitors and tourists.
Contact details for the new tourist office are telephone no: 01789 264293 and
Councillor Mike Brain Portfolio Holder for Community Services said: "I am delighted that an alternative facility is opening and that we are able to work with a key partners such as Stratford-upon-Avon College. The District Council is determined to provide a tourist office which meets the needs of residents, businesses, visitors and tourists alike."
Martin Penny, Principal commented, "I am delighted that we have been able to support the town and local area in this way. Stratford-upon-Avon College was the first college in the country to receive the Training Quality Standard with excellence in hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism which highlights our outstanding reputation in this field. We are looking forward to the opening of 'Welcome to Stratford-on-Avon' and working with the district council in the future."
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575